Roger L. Martin

I am a strategy consultant and business professor – and a Dean for 15 years. My passion is exploring mysteries related to the ways we think about or model our world. I have looked, for example, for common patterns in the way successful leaders tackle difficult ‘either/or’ dilemmas.

I have explored how it is that corporations drive out innovation – even as they desperately seek it. I have examined the way in which theories that are meant to help corporations achieve financial goals and make shareholders rich produce the opposite.

Most recently, I have explored how we conceptualize strategy influence the way we do or do not create useful ways to guide an organization’s actions. In each of my books, I attempt to understand a particular way in which our thinking can get in our own way and provide specific advice for addressing that challenge.

Books in order of publication:

The Future of the MBA: Designing the Thinker of the Future – 2008

Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage – 2009

The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking – 2009

Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL – 2011

Canada: What It Is, What It Can Be – 2012

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works – 2013

Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works – 2015

Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking – 2017

When More Is Not Better: Overcoming America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency – 2020

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